October - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week,


The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Tuesday, October 10th
Workshop: Helping Students Become Better Self-Directed Learners—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building 1, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, October 12th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Supporting the Three Pillars of Academic Achievement—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building 1, room 205. See details below.

Friday, October 13th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Helping Students Become Better Self-Directed Learners
Research shows that faculty members tend to over-estimate students' metacognitive abilities while under-estimating the extent to which these skills and habits must be taught and reinforced through instruction. This session will offer strategies for explicitly instructing students in effective study strategies that increase metacognition and self-regulation.

Supporting the Three Pillars of Academic Achievement
Why do some students excel and others struggle or give up? This workshop will explore the development of students' (1) intelligence, (2) motivation, and (3) intellectual curiosity. Topics will include stereotype threat, enemies of IQ, how to enhance belonging, understanding, trust, self-esteem and making course content meaningful.

Please find the call for papers for the second annual Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, which will be held in St. Pete Beach, Florida,  January 31st through February 2nd, 2018 here. Proposals are due October 31st. The event is co-hosted by the UCF Faculty Center and a similar unit at USF, and will feature a keynote presentation by Michelle D. Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press 2014).  Thanks for your consideration, and please reach out if you have questions.

Recently, the Faculty Center was able to secure funding from the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to purchase two virtual reality kits as well as a one-year subscription to the Embodied Labs modules for the UCF community. This will allow us to engage colleagues in related programming. We will be able to work with you to use the tools with student, staff, and faculty groups. While the basic content of the modules focuses on health-related issues, it also addresses the development of empathy and cultural competencies. It would be a great tool for students to experience before working with members of the community, or before starting a design project that needs to be shaped by end users’ needs. It has relevance for any discipline dealing with education or social issues and concerns and could be of value in courses designed to encourage creativity and innovation among their students. It can also be used with faculty or staff groups.

You are invited to participate in two  related events on Thursday, November 16. Carrie Shaw, the EL CEO will be doing a workshop and demo for all interested faculty members from 9:30 to 11 in CB1 205 (the classroom attached to the Faculty Center). The Faculty Center will then host a lunch for interested colleagues from 11:30 to 1. We need RSVPs for both events by Thursday, November 9. You are welcome to attend either or both. We have a cap of 35 participants in the lunch event. Please email fctl@ucf.edu for more information.  And if you are eager for a demo sooner than this date, please reach out to us and we will work with you to schedule it.  
Fall 2017 Faculty Workshop Series
The Quality Enhancement Plan provides a range faculty development opportunities aimed at implementing integrative learning experiences in and beyond the classroom, including the following workshops this fall:

Addressing Student Professional Identity Crises
October 19 | 12:15 –1:45pm | GB 122 | RSVP by October 17
Sometimes students experience a disconnect between their career goals and academic performance, which can lead to professional identity crises and academic decline. In this workshop a panel of experts (including professors, counselors, advisors, and CAPs staff) will discuss a number of student scenarios and offer strategies to help students cope when their professional dreams are in jeopardy.

Proposing a Competitive QEP-Funded Project
November 1 | 2:00 – 3:30pm | CB1 205 | RSVP by October 30
The Quality Enhancement Plan offers the Program Innovation and Enhancement Awards each year to fund projects supporting integrative learning initiatives across campus. This workshop will offer concrete advice and feedback to those planning to apply for one of  these awards in spring 2018.

Student Networking & Professional Development
November 14 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | CB1 205 | RSVP by November 10
Students need continual reminders and encouragement to go beyond the classroom and interact with professionals working in their fields. This workshop focuses on strategies for helping students connect to community and professional networking opportunities. We will also discuss valuable credentials that students can obtain before they graduate.

RSVP to QEP@ucf.edu to reserve your spot!

Have you thought about integrating high-impact educational practices (HIPs; e.g. research, service-learning, community engagement) into your undergraduate courses, yet worried about the time and effort needed to provide your students with a positive, meaningful experience? If so, then we have a wonderful opportunity for you. Supported by QEP funding, we are inviting faculty for the Spring 2018 semester to use HIP Student Coaches in your course to facilitate implementing one of these practices. HIP student coaches are faculty-recruited undergraduate or graduate students who collaborate with faculty to mentor undergraduate students with course-integrated projects. Student coaches mentor their peers on class-specific projects, rather than functioning as GTAs or GRAs with responsibility for grading or evaluating students. High-impact coaches are student-focused and should not assist in faculty-based research. Student coaches will receive a $300 scholarship, with the expectation of participating in 3 hours of training (early January) and contributing approximately 30 hours to course-integrated project mentoring. Faculty are required to participate in 1 hour of training in December, select their own coaches, and provide deliverable materials at end of semester documenting examples of the student projects that the HIP student coaches  facilitated (e.g. poster from SURE or Service-Learning Showcase; digital curation project; writing submission to journal, etc.). Please click on the link below to learn more about this opportunity and apply. Application deadline is November 3, 2018.  Questions: Please contact Linda Walters (linda.walters@ucf.edu) or Kim Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu).


Is your personality, humor, and care for students’ success lost in translation while teaching your online course? Develop your online persona by easily creating and incorporating video into your online course. Please join us on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 1 PM in Library-161b or via Webinar to choose from a variety of teaching methods and video scenarios that best portrays your unique online persona. As a feature of this 30-minute session, an instructor and instructional designer describe how the use of video online leads to the joy of teaching and students’ deep learning.

Register now to attend face-to-face OR online OR to receive a recording for later viewing at http://dl.ucf.edu/rsvp. All are invited to participate, including those within the UCF community and with UCF Connect, as well as those off-campus, not affiliated with UCF. The face-to-face option is exclusively for UCF faculty and staff.
For any questions, please contact Amanda Major at amanda.major@ucf.edu.

The LEAD Scholars Academy invites individuals to share their leadership knowledge and experience with the UCF campus during Leadership Week 2018. The committee is looking for workshops/sessions that will challenge and inspire the campus community and showcase current leadership topics. Please complete the program proposal form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_03exYw8YJ5ITAoZ. The deadline to submit a program proposal is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Program proposals will be evaluated and presenters will be notified by November 8, 2017. For more information please feel free to contact: Dr. Germayne Graham, Associate Director for LEAD Scholars Academy, germayne.graham@ucf.edu .

All faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to participate in UCF's 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! For more event information, please visit: http://ucflafasa.org.  

Latino Culture, Leadership and Contribution
Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, will facilitate this workshop based on her book The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution.      

October 11, 2017     3:00-4:30PM     Barbara Ying Center, Room 101

Hosted by: Latino Faculty and Staff Association; Dreamers at UCF

Contact: Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, 407-823-2718, cyndia.muniz@ucf.edu

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration
Come celebrate the closing of Hispanic Heritage Month at UCF! This culminating event will feature Keynote Speaker- Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, whose message “Shaping the Bright Future of America” will set the tone for the rest of the academic year. Juana Bordas is the author of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age and The Power of Latino Leadership. The program will conclude with savory traditional Latino cuisine and musical genres. 

October 12, 2017     12:00-2:00PM     SU Pegasus Grand Ballroom

This October marks the 25th anniversary of the celebration of diversity and UCF efforts to build an inclusive learning and professional environment. This year’s theme is “Transform and Inspire Inclusion.” Join us for a multitude of events, all week long! diversity.ucf.edu/events/diversity-week

#WeAreUCF Photo Mosaic to celebrate the 25th Diversity Week – Be part of UCF history!
Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #WeAreUCF to be part of a larger photo mosaic of the entire campus! Anyone, anywhere can post photos and we need 6-8,000, so tell your friends, family, and fellow Knights! On October 16, 9am-4pm and October 17, 9am-6pm, the mosaic will be in the Student Union Atrium and if you post photos during those event hours you will receive a print-out keepsake and be able to place your photo on the mosaic! We will also be distributing posters of the final mosaic after Diversity Week is over. Stay tuned!

October 11, 3-4:30 PM in Health Center 206
As research evidence continues to emerge on grit, resilience, growth mindset, and self-efficacy, faculty members are invited to join student success staff members and peer mentors to learn about the role of non-cognitive skills in the learning process. Best practices for interventions that impact growth mindset, grit, and self-efficacy will also be covered. Recommended for all faculty members who teach gateway courses, general education, and other courses for first year students. If you would like more information about impacting first year student success at UCF, or you are unable to attend and would like access to the webinar, please email Mark.Gumble@ucf.edu.

Faculty Excellence Leadership Series: Creating, Sharing, and Using a Career Advancement Plan
October 17, 2017
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Teaching Academy 102
In this hands-on workshop, faculty will learn about the benefits of career advancement planning, move through some of the steps for creating career advancement plans (including self-visioning and goal setting, identifying gaps/challenges/opportunities, mapping mid-term and long-term plans), and discuss ways to share and implement their plans. Participants will be linked to online resources that will help them continue this process.

  • Dr. Pradeep Bhardwaj
  • Dr. Eloy Hernandez
  • Dr. Blake Scott

Ace Your Research Portfolio
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Training by the UCF Libraries and Web of Science (WoS) to meet the potential needs such as: citation for T&P, grant application, prestigious awards, identifying quality publications, collaborators and funders. Six sessions covering various topics for mid-career or early-career faculty.RSVP by October 11, 2017 to collectionservices@ucf.edu. Sign up for any or all. Snacks, coffee and lunch provided. Click here to view detailed schedule.

Faculty Excellence Leadership Series: A Win/Win Outcome for All: Aligning Faculty and University Branding
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10 a.m.to 11 a.m., Global UCF Room 101
Co-led by a faculty branding expert and a co-chair of UCF’s Collective Impact Commission, this session will help faculty of all ranks 1) learn tips and tools for developing or refining your professional brand, including promoting your brand or identity online, to maximize impact and recognition, and 2) better align your brand with the university’s brand, visionary goals, and strategic plan (Collective Impact). Come prepared to think and talk about strategies to align your brand with UCF’s brand on your road to success.


  • Dr. Lisa Dieker, Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair, Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences
  • Dr. Staci M. Zavattaro, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Research Associate, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, School of Public Administration

Straight Talk: Am I Ready for Promotion to Professor?
October 25, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Location, Teaching Academy, 130
Are you considering applying for promotion to Professor during the 2018-2019 cycle? If so, please join Faculty Excellence for an informal discussion of the path to Professor. Bring your questions and concerns, and participate in a candid dialogue with your colleagues.
Speaker: Dr. Jana Jasinski
Audience: Associate Professors

Straight Talk: Am I Ready for Promotion? (Instructor/Lecturer)
November 2, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Location, Classroom Building 1, 205
Are you considering applying for promotion to Associate or Senior Instructor/Lecturer during the 2018-2019 cycle? If so, please join Dr. Elizabeth Dooley for an informal discussion of the path to Associate or Senior Instructor/Lecturer. Bring your questions and concerns, and participate in a candid dialogue with your colleagues.
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Dooley
Audience: Instructors and Lecturers

Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event

On Sunday, November 12 from 12:30 – 3 PM, UCF Faculty Excellence, the Center for Success of Women Faculty, and the UCF Arboretum will host their second annual Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event in the UCF Arboretum Park on main campus. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty, their families, friends and pets to spend time together while learning about the amazing scholarship, service and community engagement of your colleagues across campus. We are currently recruiting faculty who would like to share their scholarship; we are especially interested in hands-on topics that will appeal to all ages. We are also interested in faculty willing to run face-painting, yoga, children’s art and music stations. Please contact Linda Walters (linda.walters@ucf.edu) if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Florida Statewide Symposium Keynote Seminar (Friday, October 27, 1:30-2:45pm, Key West Ballroom, Student Union)
UCF faculty are invited to attend the Undergraduate Research Florida Statewide Symposium Keynote Seminar “Leveraging campus-wide initiatives to grow student scholarship” presented by Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, George Mason University. 
Keynote overview: Undergraduate research, once thought of narrowly as science-based research that produced publications and led to graduate school, is now seen as a model high-impact activity that allows students to apply their academic knowledge to a variety of challenges. Dr. Usher describes how campuses can capitalize on campus-wide initiatives to build or enhance undergraduate research programs to be inclusive of students, disciplines, and outcomes.

Faculty Workshop Series
We will be offering faculty-facing workshops on the following topics in CB 1 205:

  • Faculty Resources and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (Monday, Oct 9, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)
  • Effective Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (Monday, Oct 16, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)
  • Integrating Research into the Curriculum (Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)

Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants (OUR Grant proposal deadline is 5pm, Friday, October 27th for Spring funding)
Undergraduate Research provides funding to undergraduate researchers to support their work. These grants can be used to fund materials or equipment not available on UCF’s campus and travel costs associated with conducting research. Individual students may apply for grants of up to $500 for research costs. Students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support cost of travel (i.e. flights, hotel stays). Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000. Please click the hyperlink above for more information.

Join a faculty writing club to start your fall off with a focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop—join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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